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Issue Date: 2009-04-23
Volume: 188
Number: 9


Sid Smith, 65, leaves church planting legacy
Robert Wilson of Jonesboro worked closely with legendary figure

One of Robert Wilson's most fond memories of Sid Smith was also one of his earliest memories of the legendary African American church planter.
Former SBC president Franklin Paschall dies in Nashville

H. Franklin Paschall, retired pastor of First Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn., and a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention (1966-68), died at his home April 10. He was 86.
LifeWay will offer Centrifuge camp during SBC

Tenn. - Students who go to Louisville, Ky., with their families for the 2009 Southern Baptist Convention June 23-24, will have the opportunity to experience Centrifuge on site.
ACLU, faith groups protest restrictions on prison books

A coalition of religious organizations and the American Civil Liberties Union have joined forces to protest a proposed rule by the federal Bureau of Prisons to allow officials to ban religious materials from prison chapel libraries if they could possibly promote "violence or criminal activity."
Sine Die for the sixth year
Legislative Update

I have just completed serving Georgia Baptists for my sixth year under the Gold Dome in Atlanta.
LifeWay Glorieta open under new operational model

Cue the PA system: "LifeWay Glorieta Conference Center is not closing."
Southern Baptists, Salvadorans join

Julio Contreras will never forget the odor of burning bodies.
Glorieta LEAD program offers internship opportunities
Employment also available at Ridgecrest Conference Center in North Carolina

Tessa Morrell is the "Head Honcho."
A God-sized project underway in Griffin

On Dec. 23, 2008 Norman Daugherty, pastor of New Salem Baptist Church in Griffin, passed away, leaving behind his wife, Donna, and their nine children. The Daughertys have been living in a three bedroom doublewide mobile home that is in much need of renovation and repairs.

Baptist News Summary

"Pop" Winans, patriarch of prominent gospel music family, dies
(RNS) David "Pop" Winans, the patriarch of the famed gospel-singing Winans family, died April 8 at age 74 with his wife of 55 years, Delores "Mom" Winans, at his side.
Resolutions Committee named for 2009 SBC
SBC President Johnny Hunt has named the members of the Resolutions Committee who will serve during the June 23-24 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Louisville, Ky.

People and Places


Cooperative Program Stories

Continued recovering from Flood of [this] Century

For 100 years there hasn't been a flood in Norman Park, but all that changed March 28 after some 17 inches of rain fell in just a few days.

Bible Study

Growing Old Gracefully

2 Samuel 17:27-29; 19:31-39; 1 Kings 2:1,7
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, May 3
Ideals of Motherhood

1 Samuel 1:1-2, 10-11, 17-18, 21-28; 2:1-2
Related Sunday School Lesson, Bible Studies for Life, May 10


Alabama football's Compton and the Cooperative Program
April 26 is Cooperative Program Day

Being the tough and tenacious player he was, University of Alabama defensive tackle Charlie Compton broke through the University of Georgia's offensive line and blocked the quick kick by Charlie Trippi.
Men must be brought out of their shells, encouraged to talk

The Open Door

Every Mother's Day Sunday we receive an offering for the Georgia Baptist Children's Homes and Family Ministries. The Children's Home Offering day this year will be on May 10. This year's theme is "Every Child Deserves a Loving Home."


Does not care for editorial

I have read your faulty editorial philosophies for several years now. I have burned when I read it but have kept my emotions controlled and have not written to you. But the March 26 editorial took the cake. You demonized liberals for years but this is over the line.
Would like to see more pastors on Twitter, Facebook

You published an article on Feb. 26 about my using Twitter as a part of the tools to communicate with deacons, staff, and others.
Nothing funny about cartoon

Regarding the "cartoon" on page 5 of the April 9 Christian Index, I suppose it was drawn to go along with the "Seeking Truth in Membership Numbers" article; however, I have several questions regarding the cartoon.
Thanks for Franco story

I wanted you to know I enjoyed reading your article "Exclusive Interview: 2005 Atlanta Braves marked by men of faith" just now (even though it is from 2005).